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Jackson hotels angered by lost water services and wages

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - As news spreads throughout the city about Jackson's clean water, some businesses remained angry and frustrated about their losses.

Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites General Manager Nawaid Ahmad said Sunday night that his two hotels lost about $70,000.00 in revenue this past week.

The Comfort Inn on I-55 has re-opened, but the Comfort Suites on the I-55 Frontage Road in Ridgeland remained closed Sunday.

He is afraid with winter still underway this could happen again.

Unlike homes, Ahmad said his hotels have sustained damage to electric pumps that send water to each room from the boiler.

The hotel industry expert said the pumps are clogged with mud, and ice machines are also locked up with clogged lines.

Ahmad said he was told by plumbers that repair work could not begin until Tuesday.

He also said his employees have suffered.

"We have laid off the staff at the Suites because what will we do? These are poor people, and these are bad economic times. If they don't work for five or six days in a row, how are they going to feed their children? I know it's an act of God, but still you should have enough crews to repair these kinds of leaks," said Nawaid Ahmad.

The hotel operator called the water crisis an embarrassment for the city and its convention industry.

He wants to know what preventive measures are being taken to prevent this from happening again and if more crews be available to make repairs in the future.

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